Have your say on plans for joined-up health services in Croydon

Croydon Council and Croydon Health Services NHS Trust are inviting residents, organisations and groups interested in community health services in Croydon to submit their views on new partnership agreements between the two organisations.

The two bodies have drawn up proposals under Section 75 of the NHS Act 2006 to continue and build upon working practices that have the potential to provide greater flexibility, better coordination and the development of innovative approaches across three health service areas in the borough. These are integrated sexual health, health visiting and family nurse partnership, and school-aged nursing and immunisations.

The plans fall under Section 75 of the NHS Act 2006, designed to support local authorities and NHS bodies to work more closely together, sharing expertise and providing a closer link between health services, care services and public health. The agreements allow local authorities and the NHS to improve services for users either through pooling budgets, where two organisations bring together resources, and/or by delegating functions, where one organisation carries out an agreed function on behalf of another.

The proposed Section 75 agreements would not change the way that services are currently delivered in the borough, but continue and formalise the existing relationship between the council and the trust. Pending the results of the consultation, the revised arrangement would commence on 1 April 2016.

The regulations of the 2006 Act require that potential partners jointly consult with stakeholders who may be affected by such partnership arrangements. Members of the public and representatives or stakeholder organisations can find further information and comment on the council and CHS plans via a public consultation at https://getinvolved.croydon.gov.uk.

Deadline to take part is 27 January 2016, 5pm